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Bow-Tie is the spokescat for Cat Depot's Friends Like Me program

Friends Like Me is a Cat Depot Program to provide emergency medical care and treatment to Cat Depot cats and kittens who are sick, injured or have chronic illnesses.

Bow-Tie is a special needs cat who was rescued from a hoarding situation. He was malnourished, parasite and flea infested, had broken teeth, severe tartar, inflamed gums, a missing tail, deformed ear, hairless and bleeding skin, and limping badly. Living in filth, eating trash, insects and rodents, without human attention or affection, he had no chance for change unless rescue came from outside the house.

After receiving medical treatment at Cat Depot, Bow-Tie was placed in a foster home for special care and nurturing and soon thereafter his foster mom adopted him. With the help of his mom, he has gained proper weight, has a full coat of healthy fur and no longer limps. 

Bow-Tie is carrying on Mighty Lou's legacy and has taken on the role of "spokespurrson" for Cat Depot's Friends Like Me program. He now accompanies his mom around southwest Florida promoting this program to help homeless cats and kittens. He is especially determined to raise awareness of the dangers of hoarding and to speak up for cats and kittens suffering in hoarding environments.

 

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Read the stories of the Cat Depot kitties who will benefit from your generosity

 

 

Cecily, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Cecily


Cecily was hit by a car. She sustained a fractured pelvis, broken front right leg, a possible tail injury, and general abrasions. Radiographs showed the need to amputate her front leg and her tail was closely monitored while she healed from that in a foster home. Good news for Cecily: her tail healed and did not need to be amputated! Now, she hopes for a furever home where she will be safe from cars.


Athena, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Athena


Athena was found in Tampa together with her kittens and taken in by another rescue that helped her through motherhood. Then, she arrived to Cat Depot to get help to restart her life. She has had a broken pelvis and came in with a hernia that was repaired by the medical team. She is now on the adoption floor waiting for her forever family. 


Bryssa, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Bryssa

This gorgeous girl ended up alone in her home when her owner passed away. When Animal Services came to pick her up, she was very afraid and ended up hurting herself. She came to us with a broken jaw and torn off back nails. She needs surgery from a dental expert, and will need to spend time recovering.


Forrest, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Forrest

Forrest is a little kitten who came in with a fever and obvious discomfort. Our veterinarians found the root of the problem being a previously injured leg. He is uncomfortable with it, even after antibiotics and pain medication, and his bad leg will be amputated.


Kissa, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Kissa

Kissa was found with a broken bone. It has been set and she is recovering in a foster home.


Silver, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Silver

ADOPTED!

Silver was rescued from a hoarding house. She was hungry and tried to get food from a mouse trap - which cut off her paw. No one noticed she'd had an accident and she had to heal on her own. She uses her stump, but mostly supports her weight on the remaining, intact legs.


Annabelle, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Annabelle

ADOPTED!

Annabelle is a beautiful seven-year-old with arthritis along her spine. She is on a weight-loss diet and joint supplements for long term management.


Tippy, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Tippy

ADOPTED!

When Tippy came to Cat Depot, we noted that he hated having his front paws touched. This handsome boy is front declawed, and radiographs of his feet showed a piece of bone had been left behind during his declaw surgery. It caused pain in his paws and along his back! Our veterinarian removed the piece of bone, and now Tippy is a love-bug on the road to recovery. He particularly likes when people sit on the floor, so he can rub all over them and roll around on their laps.


Rocket, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Rocket

ADOPTED!

Rocket is a beautiful boy who loves ear rubs. He has neurological issues, which has given him a unique gait. Rocket would like to find a home with at least one other cat to keep him company.


Loki, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Loki

ADOPTED!

Loki was surrendered to Cat Depot for an emergency surgery - he had a life-threatening urinary blockage. Ever since, he has been managed on a special diet and distilled drinking water. Shelter life has been stressful for this sweet and handsome young cat, and he currently resides in one of the offices for a more peaceful environment.


Jasmine, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Jasmine

ADOPTED!

Jasmine is a sweet young cat who is stressed in the shelter. She lost her appetite and had to undergo X-rays and bloodwork to ensure the reason was stress and not a medical condition. With an appetite stimulant, a calm diet, anxiety medication, and environmental enrichments, she has perked up and regained her will to eat. We are currently weaning her off the anxiety medication to see how she responds.


Beyonce, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Beyonce

ADOPTED!

Beyonce is a sweet girl who was abandoned with her kittens. She is a little shy when you first meet her, but can be very loving once she gets to know a purrson. She has chronic allergic dermatitis, a condition that is managed well.


Herman Gray, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Herman Gray

ADOPTED!

Herman Gray came in with an intensive wound the owner could no longer afford treatment for. It started as an abscess that opened up and just wouldn't heal. We eventually realized it was only responsive to a certain antibiotic. Today he is healthy - and a complete and total love bug who hopes to find a happy home.


Slugger, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Slugger

ADOPTED!

This handsome gentleman is front declawed, overweight, and suffering arthritis. He is currently on pain medication and joint supplements, and we are working on decreasing the pain medication as the joint supplements take effect. He is also on a weight-loss diet to decrease the stress on his body.


Connor, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Connor

ADOPTED! 

Connor is a small kitten who had a big problem: a strange growth on his back. The growth turned out to be an abdominal hernia, making his intestines escape from his stomach. He had a successful surgery and will be available for adoption after his recovery.


Scarlett, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Scarlett

ADOPTED!

Scarlett has an inflammation in her gastrointestinal tract and needs a special diet. She is a gentle and quiet girl who loves being petted, especially getting head rubs.


Milo 

ADOPTED! 

Milo is a little over eight years old and in our “Save Our Seniors” program. He’s described as a friendly boy who came down here from Tampa. True to the breed, his orange coat signifies that he’s really laid back. He would be the purrfect addition to your home. Milo is prone to bladder crystals and had a surgery to prevent any complications. He is on a special diet and his new family should monitor him for blockage.


Belle, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Belle


ADOPTED! 

Belle is dressed up in black, waiting to be the belle of the ball. She was scared and upset when she arrived to Cat Depot, but settled in once we discovered and treated her severe periodontal disease. She also has bladder stones and eats a special diet to dissolve them without surgery.

Torrie, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Torrie


ADOPTED!

Torrie is a beautiful, refined lady who likes head and chin scratches. She'd be comfortable curling up on your bed for a nap. She was relinquished because of inconsistent litter-box use. As is often the case, the cause was medical and not behavioral. This beautiful girl is now on a prescription diet to battle constipation.


Bonanza, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Bonanza

ADOPTED!

Bonanza is an affectionate girl who enjoys attention and human interaction. She likes to rub against people and encourage them to pet her. She has some spine issues and arthritis, but doesn't let that stop the outflow of love.


Shumara, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Shumara

ADOPTED!

Shumara is a sweet and loving girl with periodontal disease. She may need further dental procedures in order to remain healthy and happy.


Wilbur, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Bow


ADOPTED!

Bow came to Cat Depot when his family moved to England. He had a lump removed and is now ready to find a new home. He hopes for a loving family and promises to purr for his 'dopters every day.


Oprah, adoptable cat at Cat Depot Oprah


ADOPTED!


This lovely girl and her kittens came to Cat Depot from a high-kill shelter, and her examination showed she had been shot several times with both a BB-gun and a .22. To make things even worse, she was very likely shot right before giving birth. She had to endure the pain of bringing her kittens to the world at the same time as suffering through being shot, and still managed to raise her kittens on the streets. Today, she just longs for a home of her own where she can enjoy life.


Francine Francine

ADOPTED!

Francine is eight-and-a-half-year-old brown tabby. She is in our “Save Our Seniors” program. She is a friendly, active girl, who loves to play. Francine is deaf, so she won't come when you call her, but she’ll chase anything she sees. Her fur-ever family will have to keep an eye on any sneezes because Francine has a history of upper respiratory infections.


Toulouse, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Toulouse 

ADOPTED!

When Toulouse came to Cat Depot, he had to undergo surgery to remove stones from his bladder. He now eats special food to prevent further stones from forming. He is an easy-going boy who loves to be petted all over. He'll roll around to make sure you don't miss a spot.

Rico


ADOPTED!

Rico is a handsome and friendly boy, but can be shy until properly introduced. He has a chronic running nose and is also FIV+.


Ranger, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Ranger


ADOPTED!

Ranger can be a bit on the shy side until he gets to know you, and once you're Ranger-approved, he is a loving cat who wants to snuggle. He has blocked tear ducts, causing his eyes to water.


Marilee, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Marilee


ADOPTED!

Marilee is an outgoing and friendly cat who loves lapsitting. She has no tear ducts, and this causes her eyes to water.


Mugs, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Mugsy


ADOPTED!

Mugsy is a friendly, affectionate, and playful young cat. She has skin allergies and needs medicine to keep the condition in check.


Linus, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Linus


ADOPTED!

Linus is a loving cat with a wonderful personality - and a wiggling walk due to a neurological problem. He walks, runs, and jumps with a swagger, but this in no way diminishes the affection he has to give.


Stevie, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Stevie

ADOPTED!

Stevie is cuddly, friendly, and loves attention. He is also blind and hopes for a home where things don't move around much. He loves other cats and would love a feline friend to cuddle and play with - and follow around.


Lexington, adopted cat at Cat Depot

Lexington


ADOPTED!

Lexington was rescued from a rooftop during the floods in South Carolina. Due to past untreated respiratory infections, Lexington has some scarring of her nasal passages and occasionally makes strange noises as she breathes.


Winkin, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Winkin

ADOPTED!

Winkin has some neurological issues which manifests themselves in the way he moves. He is also quite shy and many visitors to his office think there isn't a cat in there! Once he warms up to a person he loves lapsitting and purring.


Flipper, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Flipper

ADOPTED!

Flipper is a kitten who came in with trauma to her front leg that caused irreversible nerve damage. Cat Depot vets had to amputate the leg to avoid further problems. She is healing well and will soon be used to life on three feet.


Sophie, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Sophie

ADOPTED!

Sophie came to us when her purrson fell ill and couldn't care for her anymore. This playful and energetic girl suffers from lux patella, which means her kneecaps dislocate. In Sophie's case, surgery is not recommended and her condition has given her a unique gait.


Elizabeth, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Elizabeth

ADOPTED!

Elizabeth was found in an abandoned house. This beautiful seven-year-old has a heart murmur and some arthritis and will need a calm, stress-free environment.


Ohana, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Ohana

ADOPTED!

Ohana is a sweet kitten with paralyzed back legs. She has learned how to get around but will never be able to move like other cats do. As Ohana prepares to leave her foster home and return to Cat Depot, she dreams of a home of her own.


Helen Keller, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Helen Keller

ADOPTED!

Helen Keller was picked up as a stray kitten and came to Cat Depot when very young. This blind kitten has spent some time in a foster home and will soon be ready to meet the world. She hopes to find a family able to see beyond her lack of vision and provide her with a happy furever home.


Carmen is a special needs kitty at Cat Depot

Carmen

ADOPTED!

Carmen is a gorgeous, 12 year young Tortie who came to us with a dislocated radius at her elbow. She also had severe arthritis in her elbow and shoulder. Because of her injury and the severity of arthritis, Carmen had her leg amputated. She has adjusted to being a three-legged kitty, but needs Cosequin and some pain medication to manage her arthritis. 

Hunter, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Hunter

ADOPTED!

Hunter is a sweet boy, less than a year old, who loves everyone. He suffers a neurological issue making it difficult for him to walk. He can get around and use his litter box, but he has a wobbly gait and can't run or jump. He hopes for an understanding home where he can get lots of cuddles.


Alex, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Alex

ADOPTED!

Alex is a sweet, talkative girl who loves attention. She dreams of a furever home where she can help her person around the house and keep them company by the TV at night. She is being treated for a hyperthyroid condition and needs medication daily.


Cookie, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Cookie

ADOPTED!

Cookie is a sweet and cheerful cat originally born in West Africa. She came to Cat Depot because her owner fell ill and couldn't care for her anymore. Cookie has diabetes and requires daily medication along with timely meals. She has meowed with us saying she thinks in a stable and calm environment she might not need insulin the rest of her life.


Sonny, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Sonny

ADOPTED!

Sonny came to us when his owner passed away. He loves to work around the office, and while waiting for his furever home, he takes his chores as the Cat Depot office cat seriously. Sonny has a sensitive stomach and requires special food.


Ruby Rose, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Ruby Rose

ADOPTED!


Ruby Rose is a friendly girl who likes to help with chores around the house, particularly typing on the computer. She only has one kidney and is on medications long term. She also has all four paws declawed and won't use regular kitty litter - she needs paper litter. Sweet as can be, she looks forward to a special someone giving her a loving home with lots of cuddles.


Sammie, adoptable cat at Cat Depot Sammie

ADOPTED! 

Sammie came to Cat Depot when his owner passed away. He is a cuddly boy who loves attention and hopes to find a new home together with his best friend, Curtis. Otherwise healthy, Sammie's eyes tear up, and he needs them cleaned daily.


Calvin, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Calvin

ADOPTED!

Calvin is a senior gentleman who was found in a back yard. He has a chronic upper respiratory infection and needs help cleaning his nose every day. He loves cuddling and sitting on someone's lap, and dreams of a quiet home where he can settle down for his golden years.


Boston is a Friends Like Me kitty at Cat Depot

Boston

ADOPTED!
 
Boston was rescued from a hoarding situation where he lived in deplorable conditions. He suffers from chronic kidney disease and is on a special diet. Years of neglect took a toll on his teeth, and he will be undergoing surgery to remove most of them. But none of his ailments are keeping him down. Boston is just a sweet little guy who loves cuddling and seeks attention from everyone he meets.

Gracie is a special needs Cat Depot Kitty

Gracie

ADOPTED!
 
Gracie was adopted from Cat Depots as a kitten. Unfortunately, she began having seizures in her adopted home, and she was returned to us. She has been diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy - which means we don’t know why it’s happening, but we know that it is not caused by a brain tumor. Gracie is being treated with anti-seizure medications and will likely need to be on them for life. She is very sweet and calm and will be the perfect lap cat for someone.

Jake is a special needs kitty at Cat Depot

Jake

ADOPTED!
 
Jake is an FIV-positive kitty (read more about FIV-positive kitties) who has a history of crystals in his urine. He is a big boy with an even bigger heart. Jake was brought to us when his owner couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. He is on special food help his chronic condition and prevent further issues. Jake has a very positive outlook on life – he is so grateful to be given a second chance to find that special human who will love him unconditionally and accept him for the sweet, loving boy that he is.

Koda, a special needs kitty at Cat Depot

Koda

ADOPTED!
 
Koda suffers from recurrent cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). This can often be caused by stress, and Koda is on special calming/urinary health food. This food helps dissolve existing crystals and prevent new ones from forming. He has told us that his stress will go away once he finds his forever home. And hopefully, in a calmer home environment, he will no longer need special food.

Manny is a Friends Like Me Kitty at Cat Depot

Manny

ADOPTED!

Manny is a petite, older gentleman with a big appetite. He is currently being treated with medication for hyperthyroidism, a condition which causes increased appetite. Despite his small stature, Manny has a huge heart. He is longing for a quiet home where he can relax and enjoy the company of a loving family.

Mittens is a Friends Like Me Kitty at Cat Depot

Mittens

ADOPTED!
 
Mittens is an FIV-positive kitty (read more about FIV-positive kitties) who was transferred to us from a county shelter. Shortly after he was admitted, we noticed that he was limping around his suite. Mittens had a complete dislocation of his tibiotarsal joint and amputation of his left hind leg was necessary. He has adjusted to life as a "tripod" kitty and has no problem getting round on three feet. Mittens is a handsome fellow who loves attention and treats. In fact, if there are treats around, he can move faster than any of the foour-legged kitties in his suite!

Ryan is a Friends Like Me kitty at Cat Depot

Ryan

ADOPTED!
The house that Ryan was living in was struck by lightning. The house caught fire and, unfortunately, Ryan was trapped inside. His face, legs and paws were severely burned and all of his fur was singed. We are treating him with antibiotics and cold laser therapy and keeping him comfortable with pain medication. He's still got a long road to recovery but Ryan is receiving the best care and love that a hurting kitty could ask for.

Samson is a special needs kitty at Cat Depot

Samson

ADOPTED!

Samson is an affectionate boy who has been relinquished to Cat Depot several times.  He has a history of crystals in his urine and suffers from recurrent cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). Right now he also has a severe case of kidney stones, and he needs surgery at the University of Florida.

Valentine is a special needs kitty at Cat Depot

Valentine

ADOPTED!
 
Valentine was a long-term Cat Depot resident and unfortunately, she was recently returned to us. She is suffering from severe stomatitis, which is an inflammation of the tissues in the mouth. She was put on medications and steroids, but neither have helped alleviate her condition. She is scheduled to have her teeth removed, and we are hopeful that without teeth, her tissues will be able to heal and eating will be enjoyable again.

 

 
  

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Mighty Lou

Mighty Lou was a special needs cat with diabetes. With the help of his doting mom, he was able to overcome his disabilities and he became the "spokespurrson" for Cat Depot’s Friends Like Me program. The caped crusader and his mom traveled around southwest Florida promoting this program to help homeless cats and kittens. He was especially proud of his efforts to help cats who suffered an injury or illness. Though he himself was deaf, Mighty Lou spoke loudly to his cause, and provided inspiration, happiness and laughter to all those who met him. 

Mighty Lou’s mission to save the lives of Friends Like Me continues on in his memory.

In Loving Memory of Mighty Lou, Caped Crusader
5/5/02 to 2/28/15
 
 
 
 
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